The Slow and Savory Review
Luckily for Brandy, last weekend just happened to have been the start of National Sushi Day, and having remembered liking a delicious sample of sushi at the Chicago Gourmet Festival, Brandy settled on Jellyfish, an ultra hip, trendy, and still fairly new spot at the head of the Gold Coast. Arriving at an inconspicuous door at street level, Brandy was greeted by a friendly host who escorted her to an elevator inside. "Do you work in the neighborhood?" he asked her, smiling. Brandy studied the young man, who looked to be covered in designer labels, then looked at her own homemade shawl, street worn shoes, and threadbare carpet bag clutch and realized how out of place she must have looked. "No, deary," she said, "Just celebrating the holiday."
Brandy ordered some of the Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp. The shrimps had a lovely light crispness to them from the tempura batter and weren't overly sweet at all, despite the honey glaze. In fact, the real sweetness came from the tiny pieces of candied walnuts scattered throughout the dish, which were well balanced by the sliced scallions that garnished the top.
To finish, Brandy chose the Sweet P roll from the regular menu, which boasted a filling of sweet potato, cream cheese, and avocado topped off with spinach tempura and a sweet soy sauce. This roll really delivered the texture Brandy was craving in the first one with just a little elegant crunch from the tempura flakes and a smooth, uniform interior. "I would think vegetarians would be excited for this roll, as its a sort of unusual combination," Brandy pondered.
For her lunch of a cocktail, appetizer and two rolls (one of which was on special, mind you), Brandy's total came out to nearly $60 after tip, which she thought was pretty darn pricey ("My goodness, its lucky I don't have room for dessert!" she exclaimed when she saw the bill). Luckily, the presentation and attention to detail had been spot on, and the wait staff extremely friendly and helpful (Brandy had marveled at the fashionableness of her server's choice of dress until she noticed several other young ladies wearing the same cobalt blue, pencil skirted garment. "Oh, its their uniform!" she exclaimed, "For a moment I thought I was in one of those Robert Palmer videos."). So although Brandy doesn't often brunch on sushi, she was glad to have gone outside of her box a little. She was also glad to see that the laws of sweet and savory, by which she governs her life, can be applied to all types of cuisine.
The Short and Sweet Review